White Chocolate & Cranberry No Bake Tray Bake

Sometimes I fall upon recipes and think “oh the boys might like this”, sometimes I fall upon a recipe and decide to completely (R 18 alert)  bastardise it, with varying results! Those of which we shall not remember, no point in crying over cake! (Take note Bake Off contestants!)  On this fine occasion the eldest fruit of our loom (otherwise known as the Big Yin even though the youngest is taller🤨) made a request based on a very vague description of a tray bake type item he had purchased from “a wee cafe near my work”……..see what I am working with here?  This was followed by a description that went like this:- “its a cranberry biscuity thing with a kind of choclatey top, think it might have yogurt and nuts in it too”.

Well, I do love a challenge and set off in search of something slightly resembling this and while I found some with white chocolate and cranberries, there were none with yogurt and nuts.  So I decided to b’stardise ( my attempt at keeping it PG) one I found and from that grew the now traybake of choice (albeit MrP is not a fan of the white chocolate yogurty cranberry nuttyness, it’s way to healthy sounding for his fine palette 😉)!

The bonus is that this pretends to be good for you with the cranberries, yogurt and macadamia nuts so you can eat it in sheer blissful ignorance pretending it is one of your five a day (it’s practically breakfast…..No?) and ignoring the other ingredients which I am sure will one day be banned by the government (don’t get my family started on sugar tax and how they have ruined Irn Bru, Lucozade and Sanpelligrino – can you tell that myself and MrP grew up on a council estate whereas our kids fizzy drink of choice is one with a protective lid to save the drinker from ingesting Italian rat poo…….true fact (I think)!?).

Anyway on with the recipe which is sooooooooo easy it is one the kids can help with in both the making and eating 😊

Ingredients

For the base

600g Custard Creams

200g Macadamia Nuts

100g Dried Cranberries

190g Unsalted Butter – cut into chunks

6 tbsp Golden Syrup

1 tbsp Light Muscavado Sugar

2 tbsp Caster Sugar

For the topping

50g Natural Full Fat Yogurt

500g White Chocolate (my preferred brand is Sainsbury’s Belgian White Chocolate in the baking aisle)

50g Cranberries to sprinkle on top

Method

First step is to line a baking tray with a depth of around 2cm (the one you use for the frozen chips 🙂 ) with baking parchment.

Next crush the custard creams either in a zip-lock bag (good for any underlying aggression – trust me!) using a rolling pin or in my case a meat tenderiser which feels slightly sinister but powerful at the same time!!!!!  You could whizz them in a food processor (my Mr Kenwood whizzer is currently poorly – ie broken) but don’t whizz till fine crumbs, you do wants some texture there.  Do the same with the macadamia nuts but only bash till slightly broken, then add this and the 100g cranberries to the biscuit crumb.

Melt the butter, sugars and syrup in a pan slowly until almost boiling, add this to the biscuit mixture and stir with a wooden spoon ensuring everything is coated with the buttery sugary syrup.  Transfer this to the lined tray and press tightly in place using a flat bottomed glass ensuring you press all the way to the edges.  Put in the fridge to set.

Brake up the chocolate and place in a glass bowl over a boiling pan of water, slowly melt till almost all the chunks are gone (Top tip – as you remove the chocolate from the heat and continue stirring the remaining chocolate will not only melt but also help the chocolate reduce in temperature which you need before adding the yogurt).  Once slightly cooled to touch, add the yogurt and stir well.  You will see this alters the texture as it thickens and turns almost pale yellow (think white cotton that has been in the loft for years!!!!).  Remove the biscuit base and pour the chocolate mix over spreading evenly to the edges, then sprinkle with the remaining cranberries.

Leave in the fridge to set for a couple of hours or overnight if you can resist the urge and slice in to your chosen shape.  Enjoy! 😊

 

Lastly please take a minute to admire my new baking spatula, Mr Grey! Isn’t he marvelous!!!!!!!

Anyway let me know if you have a go at making this and if you have any questions about the bake or my random rat poo facts.

Bake Yourself Happy!

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